2012 through the Lens & Gratitude

2012 has been a great year for me career wise. I’ve sussed out where my passion lies and I know where I want to be heading. I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities which I’ve seized and also sought out opportunities which may not have landed on the table. Although this year has been amazing career wise, it’s been a rollercoaster in other areas of my life. Things which I’m not happy about and things which I hope to work out in 2013.

I hope that you guys have had a great year, be it personal and / or career. If it’s not been as amazing as you’d like it to be, there’s always tomorrow and tomorrow is a new day. If there’s something that’s nagging you about work, try your best to be happy in what your doing whilst your figuring out your next move.

Make a list of all the great things you have achieved – these could be things such as learning how to cook something new, telling someone how you feel, anything positive that you have done. We take for granted the small things sometimes, it’s in our nature. However without appreciating the small things in life, maybe the big things wouldn’t happen, or you wouldn’t learn to appreciate the big things when they do happen.

I hope you have a wonderful start to the new year and through out the year you achieve the goals you have in mind. Sky is your limit – the last 2 years has proved that to me.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported me this year. Family, Friends, fellow creatives. None of this is ever able to be done ‘solo’. It just never would have happened.

A special shout out to The Rubys. Going into the studio with you guys and just working closely with you guys has helped me define my style of photography when it comes to music, not only that, it’s helped me in other areas of photography. You guys have been an absolute blessing and I’m sure looking forward to seeing you go place. The last 12 months have been amazing for you guys and it’s an exciting process. Hardwork, but exciting. Please do go and check their music out and show some support over atย http://www.therubys.co.uk . These guys are forever inspiring.

My brides and groom’s I’ve worked with this year. I’ve been open about it being my first year in the wedding industry and yet you still gave me the opportunity to work with you guys. You have NO idea on how much of an impact that has been for me and it’s helped so so much to lay the foundations of my future. I’m FOREVER greatful and just so so much gratitude. None of this would have been feasible without Ciara – You my lady, are an absolute legend.

Rabbia at Asian Wedding Ideasย – Your a blessing in disguise!! We NAILED it!!

Andy Hirstย , ย Andy Hudsonย , Tom Barkerย , Kyle Lambert ( do check out their work if you get the chance ) You guys have helped in so many ways this year too – Forever thankful and really looking forward to working with you guys in the future.

Everyone I’ve worked with this year – THANK YOU –ย I can’t put into words how thankful I am.

Here’s my 2012 through the lens – career wise!

January – Location shoot with Sam of Sam Smith & Company – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/hidden-depths-of-manchester-music/
January – Camper shoot – Thank you Kevin & Ritu – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/campervan-sunny-manchester-failure/
January – Photoshoot at the The Studio dance school – Blog post https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/harlequins-lions-talented-kids-in-manchester/
February – The Dunwells @ HMV Ritz – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/the-dunwells-hmv-ritz-next-big-thing/
February – A hummer, cakes and a death hawk shoot – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/a-hummer-cakes-and-a-deathhawk/
February – Tom Byrne & Friends @ Club Academy – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/lastnights-gig-tom-byrne-friends-manchester-club-academy/
February – Daystar live – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/daystar-dry-bar-manchester/
February – Location shoot with The Rubys. Thanks guys for this amazing opportunity. This journey helped to nail an element / style of my photography – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/the-rubys-shoot/
March – The beginning of what would be a 8 week or so project with The Rubys. An experiance that’s unforgettable, creatively and so much more. Pre- production night. Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/pre-production-shoot-the-rubys/
April – Second time working with the guys of Daystar – This time at HMV Ritz @ sound check and live. Amazing experiance. Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/daystar-live-hmv-ritz-29032012/
May – The Dunwells photos from the live show were seen on the Zavvi Blog. Super proud of this – Thanks guys for this opportunity. Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/catching-up-zavvi/
May – Really stoked to have my work up at Manchester Arena. Having grown up and going to this venue for gigs, I still cant believe my shot is up backstage in the star dressing room. Truly blessed. Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/backstage-at-the-manchester-arena/
May – Worked with The Rubys again to shoot their live set at Manchester’s Future Perfect Festival – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/project-rubys-future-perfect-festival-limelight-parasite/
May – The Rubys released their album – Limelight Parasite. The shots which were taken in the studio were implemented on the album as part of the album art work. If someone would have told me this would happen one day. I would have laughed in their face. Here’s to many more album covers. Thank you guys once again for this amazing opportunity. Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/limelight-parasite-album-launch-manchesters-the-ruby-lounge/
May – My very first wedding I shot solo. An amazing experiance and so thankful to have been able to be part of Rehana & Khurram’s wedding. Thank you for this beautiful opportunity. – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/rehana-khurram/
June – I visited NYC with close friends Emily and Emma. We did a photoshoot out there. A concept shoot. Thank you guys SO SO much for making this happen. I’m forever thankful and greatful of your support. Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/project-nyc/
June – Everything about Amy & Tom’s wedding was just beautiful. Their history and how they went their own way and reunited a few years ago… true soul mates. I hope I am blessed with the love that you guys have for each other, with my special someone who I hope i’m reunited with. The universe can do some amazing things. Your both truly blessed Amy & Tom. Blog post –
July – I’d appeared in the newspaper following the shot going up at Manchester Arena but this was the first time my work had been published in print. It was amazing to see my shoot on a page in a magazine. Thank you to the guys at Unique Bride for making this happen – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/being-a-quitter-being-published/
July – Summer wedding shoot in Newcastle U Lyme. Beautfiul day and beautiful couple. Thanks Natalie and Chris for having me shoot your day. – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/natalie-chriss-super-sweet-wedding-day-and-a-special-appearance-from-a-fairy/
August – The Rubys were signed to Affinity Ent. I was there to capture the signing – Blessed once again with the opportunity – Blog post –
August – M15 The Movie is being released in 2013. I was on set taking some stills for the guys – I met some inspiring, hard working people, working with like minded creatives is always an amazing experiance. Thank you guys for this opportunity – Blog post –
September – Wedding of Tania and Steve in Chester. Stunning day and a beautiful couple – Thank you guys for having me shoot your day – Blog post –
September – The shoot took place in September – A collaborative project with Rabbia at Asian Wed Ideas. This was later published online at South Asian Bride magazine and Rock n Roll Bride. A fun shoot and a great concept – Thanks to the team for making this happen – Blog post –
October – I met Tash & Jay all the way in Australia. I was blessed to be able to capture their big day in Bournemouth this year. Thank you guys – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/from-dingo-australia-to-bournemouth-uk-natasha-jays-wedding/
October – The South Asia meets Manchester shoot was featured over on South Asian Bride magazine all the way over in Atlanta. So thankful – Thanks to the guys over at the magazine – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/featured-south-asian-bride-magazine/
October – Captured Aiden Grimshaw before he hit the stage at Academy and then shot him live for Beatwolf Magazine – Blog post –
October – FUN live @ Manchester Academy. Love these guys – their music speaks volumes and loved shooting them live – Blog post –
October – Second look of the Southasia meets Manchester shoot was published on Rock n Roll Bride whilst the first look was on South Asian Bride magazine. Double whammy – Blog post –

October – Melissa & Tony’s gorgeous wedding in Liverpool – We hit the streets to get some quirky photos – It was fun filled and cold! Thanks guys for having me there – Blog post –
October – Kim and Matthew’s wedding was in London. This year I’ve travelled to so many places within the UK doing what I love. Absolutely, thankful. Thanks for making me feel so welcome Kim and Matthew – Blog post –
November – Joe Banfi supporting Marcus Foster in Manchester. Great night for finding new music – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/live-marcus-foster/
November – Marcus Foster in Manchester. Great night for finding new music – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/live-marcus-foster/
November – Wedding of Dawn and Paul in Essex. THANK YOU guys! – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/wedding-dawn-paul-soul-for-the-soul-essex/
November – Melanie and Chris’s wedding in Herefordshire. Another couple which were reunited after a long while. Beautiful – Your blessed guys. So much grattitude for being able to shoot your day – Blog post –
December – First test shoot I did with model Tyra of Cliche Model Management in Manchester – I’m looking forward to the official launch of the agency in the new year and working with more talented people – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/model-tyra-watson-cliche-model-management-interview-with-managing-director-melissa-drummond/
December – Got round to delivering this concept shoot I had in my head for a while. Beauty and the Beast. Thanks to everyone involved who made it possible to get it out of my head and in front of the lens – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/concept-shoot-beauty-the-beast/
December – Shared the shots from some of the work I’ve been doing with The Portico Library. Photography has really taken me into different directions and i’ve met some insanely talented people in different areas of the creative industry – Forever greatful. Thank you to the guys at the library for having me on board – Your a wonderful bunch – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/concept-shoot-beauty-the-beast/
December – Test shoot with model Adiana for Cliche Model Management – Blog post – https://pshikotra.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/model-candice-cliche-model-management/
First session of Author’s in front of the Lens – A series of portraits I was commissioned to deliver at The Portico. Thank you guys – Blog post –
Final wedding of 2012 – Vanessa & David and little Elijah! You guys are a beautiful family and I wish you all the best in ‘life’. Beautiful souls – Blog post –

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